Offshore Energies Magazine - Winter 2022/23
Well-Safe to P&A 14 wells Well decommissioning specialists Well-Safe Solutions has signed an agreement to plug and abandon (P&A) 14 wells on the UKCS. The deal is the first scope agreed for the Well-Safe Defender semi-submersible rig, which Well-Safe Solutions purchased in June 2022. The project, for an undisclosed value, will see the Well-Safe Defender mobilising in March 2023 for about 250 days of work. The company’s operations director Neil Ferguson said: “This is a very exciting time for our teams, with a little over a month between Well-Safe taking ownership of the Well-Safe Defender and the signing of this contract with our latest client.” The Well-Safe Defender is undergoing a host of efficiency enhancements as part of its integration into the business. It will also be recertified. Commercial manager Gavin Robinson added: “We are delighted to assist our client, a leading European operator, with meeting their decommissioning obligations on these historic fields." The announcement is the latest in a summer of growth for Well-Safe Solutions which included a deal with Ithaca Energy and a capital boost exceeding £50mn. Well-safe Guardian gets upgrade Trendsetter Engineering is to upgrade the Well-Safe Guardian semi-submersible rig with the Trident Intervention System. Its main application will be in open water intervention riser mode, providing secure mechanical access for wireline or coiled tubing operations. The partnership gives Well-Safe exclusive UK access to the system for well plug and abandonment (P&A). OWM wins Well-Safe contract Water management and risk prevention specialists OWM Group has been awarded a two-year framework agreement to provide drinking water management products and
development director. It said his expertise would help it expand its offering, helping 3t to deliver a safer, smarter, more efficient workforce (see feature on AIS Survivex). Formerly the director of technical training at City &Guilds Group and with international experience, Hottass joins 3t at a time of growth as the team supports its domestic and global client base with world-leading training and competency solutions, 3t said. His industry experience, gained from work with the Institute for Apprenticeships, National Skills Academy for Rail and the Energy Efficiency Industrial Partnership, will enhance 3t’s delivery of developing a safer and more efficient work-place, it said. Hottass said he was “excited to use my experience to help shape the future of training for the sectors we operate in.” Additional role for CEO of NZTC Colette Cohen is to become the chair of unmanned aerial vehicle company Flylogix. She remains the CEO of the Net Zero Technology Centre in Aberdeen. Flylogix CEO Charles Tavner said Flylogix would have remained an idea on paper, but for a conversation he had held with Colette seven years earlier. He said she was one of the most experienced and inspiring executives in the energy industry. She was also "incredibly encouraging to us at the inception, not just of the company, but of the idea behind it.” Colette started working in the energy industry in 1991 and she has worked for major international oil companies in the North Sea, the US and Kazakhstan. Before joining the NZTC in 2016 she had been senior vice-president for Centrica Energy’s upstream business, now the bigger partner in the joint venture Spirit Energy. She has also served on the board of OEUK and the NSTA’s Decommissioning Board and has a number of non-executive directorships in the oil and gas sector.
Valaris, Survitex extend deal Offshore driller Valaris has renewed the service agreement with survival appliances provider Survitec for another three years. Explaining its decision in a November 30 announcement, Valaris referred to Survitec’s more than 400 service stations globally and its streamlined lifesaving appliance maintenance. The master service and supply contract, originally signed in 2016, covers the annual and five-year inspection, servicing, and maintenance of lifeboats, davits and fast rescue crafts. Valaris has a global fleet of 11 drill ships, five semi-submersibles and 36 jack-up rigs. “Ultimately, offshore oil and gas operators benefit from a single service provider without the administrative burden and costs associated with contracting multiple service partners,” Survitec said Shell signs up Don with Stena Stena Drilling has signed a contract with Shell UK for the mobile offshore drilling unit Stena Don , the Swedish company said late July. The work had a firm scope of 365 days with an option to extend for up to an additional year, in direct continuation from the firm scope. Work will take place in the UKCS and activities will include a combination of plugging & abandonment work and drilling development wells. Shell has farmed into some gas projects licensed to Deltic in the southern basin. Stena Drilling said it was "delighted to secure work with Shell UK in the UKCS." “The contract award with Shell UK is fantastic news for Stena Drilling, securing long-term work for the Stena Don on an exciting collection of projects with Shell UK in the North Sea,” said Stena Drilling CEO Erik Rønsberg.
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